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 Human Rights Activist who Helped Villagers in Land Wars Brutally Murdered. Police Says He Slipped and Fell. VIDEO

In Pereiaslav-Khmelnytskyy a local lawyer and human rights activist died under mysterious circumstances.

It is known that Vitalii Bilyk had been helping villagers in land wars past five years, and local farmers - to fend off attempts at hostile takeovers. Human rights activist was beaten several times, shot at and constantly threatened. On the eve of his murder he was planning to make public the information about the corruption of local officials.

The lifeless body of a lawyer was found in a public toilet in the school yard on Monday morning, February 18. The body has been found by a cobbler who works nearby. The man was surprised by the unnatural posture of the dead body: "It is hard to all like this by yourself." A son of the deceased, who is trying to understand the causes of the tragedy, points out the amount of blood on the floor, and especially on the walls.

The prosecutor's office did not notice anything suspicious. Main version of death - accident: he slipped, choked and died. "The cause of Bilyk's death is mechanical asphyxia due to vomit. No evidence of murder was found during the inspection, there was no autopsy," said the chief prosecutor of Pereiaslav-Khmelnitskyy Bohdan Panchenko.

However, the photographs from the morgue show that on the face of the lawyer there are two large abrasions, bruising, hematoma. Human rights colleagues are convinced that to get such things a person had to repeatedly fall heavily and beat his head on the concrete floor, so they put forward their own version. "When entering the toilet he was hit on the head with a blunt object, then carried in by his," suggested director of SEC Horbany Yurii Vozrud.

It is known that Vitalii Bilyk did not go easy on Gorbanovske village head and the local rich people. Rumor has it that the lawyer gathered enough evidence to charge then with corruption and was planning to publish it in Kyiv at a press conference. They also say that Bilyk knew that they want to eliminate him physically. Investigators in no way connect the death of the lawyer with his professional activities. However, they seized all the documents from the office of the deceased. It is possible that there were materials that Bilyk was going to make public.

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